Gross, silly, caustic, tasteless and obnoxious are all adjectives that alternately apply to Monty Python's The Meaning of Life though probably the most appropriate description would simply be funny.
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You will not necessarily know any more about life after the film is done, but you'll have killed a couple of hours painlessly, and you will have laughed a lot. [18 Apr 1984, p.C6]
Excessive and self-indulgent it's true but still the Pythons at their worst are still worth a look.
It’s tough to find the meaning in much of the craziness on display here, let alone the meaning of all human existence as the title promises, but you will find a whole lot of exquisite nonsense.
The Meaning Of Life is unsparing and elaborate in its vision of humanity at its foulest.
A movie that seems consumed with a desire to push us too far. This movie is so far beyond good taste, and so cheerfully beyond, that we almost feel we're being One-Upped if we allow ourselves to be offended.
Monty Python's the Meaning of Life is funny but, being unreasonable, I wish it were funny from start to finish.